Five Ways to Prepare Your Network for the Onslaught of Faster Wi-Fi Devices

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All access points (APs) are not alike – they differ significantly in performance, range and processor power. In order to address increased capacity and density requirements, pick a modular platform that allows you to start with the amount of coverage you need now, but can grow with your organization over time. Consider multi-radio Wi-Fi platforms with more than two radios in dense locations like conference and training rooms, libraries and auditoriums. Products that are upgradable and can easily grow to meet the changing needs of your organization will mean far less equipment being deployed over time.

The latest mobile devices entering the market (e.g. the iPhone 6 with projected sales of 100 million in the first six months) are bigger and faster. Many new devices are now enabled with 802.11ac – the latest Wi-Fi standard with three times faster speeds than previous generations. With ever-increasing functionality and performance, these devices are draining wireless network bandwidth like never before. This creates a challenge for network administrators trying to maintain a good user experience for everyone on their existing wireless networks, many of which are already congested.

So, with faster devices showing up on networks today, how can organizations make sure their wireless is ready now? In this slideshow, Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus, explores five ways admins can plan for supporting today's faster mobile devices and the pending transition to 802.11ac.


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